As a business owner, you’d surely know your products and services but your area of expertise may not be in marketing, branding or sales. You may also not be an expert in human resources and public relations. So, why don’t you just hire consultants who can tackle those parts of the business for you? Well, there comes a time to add an HR department in the organization or firm, that is when your company is growing, e.g. business setup consultants in Dubai is developing day by day. There are many functions, an HR department handles like setting the standards, employ training, payroll, hiring and firing, and all of it is, lumped into one position. Therefore, it’s essential to find the right people and train them for the job your company needs to deliver the desired results.
Companies often face challenges when it comes to handling the capabilities and capacity of their HR team. Many organizations hire HR consultants to complement the skills and resourcing of their HR team. In a way, hiring an HR consultant is a significant decision and investment for your business not just in the terms of money but they also provide your organization with greater effectiveness and efficiencies. Let’s face it they’ll make your company look good in the market. In today’s market, there are rarely any good HR consultants. So, companies need to do the proper due diligence when hiring an HR consultant.
So, what are the things one should look at before hiring a consultant? For your ease and comfort, I have compiled together the important things that you need to consider before hiring an HR consultant. Here goes:
First thing is first, before hiring, you need to consider if they are even a certified Human resources professional i.e. CHRP as there are many frauds lurking around in the market. So, beware of them. You need to choose a consultant who has the knowledge and experience in the specific area you want to focus on. Furthermore, you need to always go with consultants who are passionate in this line of work.
The second most important thing to consider before hiring an HR consultant is to look for experience. By experience, I mean the person should have a strong track of success as an HR consultant. Experience does matter as consultants should know what they are doing and what they are getting themselves into. You need to figure out if they have been successful with similar projects in the past for their former clients.
Look at their previous projects
Before hiring, you should consider what kind of work have they done for clients like yourself in the past and what were their results. If you find them satisfactory, only then dive in. Make sure they also provide you with their previous client project references with whom you can get in touch with. Inquire who they have worked for and try not to be wooed by big names and big organizations as it would be beneficial for you to if they have worked for companies like yours. So, they would know what you want from them.
Area of Expertise
It’s understood that every consultant has their own core area of expertise that is their sweet spot and tends to focus on it. There isn’t a single consultant who would consider himself the expert in all aspects of human resources. So, just make sure that you consider the consultant you are going to hire is not “jack of all, master of none.” as that would be a shame.
You need to consider before hiring an HR consultant if they are well aware of the newest trends and practices in the market and that they’re also well connected. You would want to hire a consultant who would understand the latest practices, trends, and development within their area of expertise. A great consultant will use multiple platforms to be aware of the knowledge and use it to stay on top of their game.
Lastly, the important thing to consider in an HR is his/her level of commitment to a project. Successful consultants will be in demand in the market. So, you need to ensure you set up expectations with the consultant in the beginning for their commitment to your project and also you need to ensure that the project will be successfully completed on time.
I hope the above-mentioned points helped you and made you aware as to what you need to consider and what you need to neglect while hiring an HR consultant. You can ask the HR consultant to provide you with a written agreement detailing the services that are to be provided.
Author Bio: Brenda Cagara
Brenda Cagara has been writing for blogs, articles and websites for five years now. She had a fair share of writing on different categories but her full focus on HR, business, finance and consultancy. Now, she is working with Riz & Mona Consultancy that offers business setup and offshore company formation in Dubai. Other services are product registration, trade license, bank account, local sponsors, visa processing and trade mark and many more.